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24 Oct

This Jewelry Designer Should Be Your Next Instagram Girl Crush

Photo: Courtesy of Daniela Jacobs

While there are countless brands devoted to a clean, minimal aesthetic, there’s something special about ARC Objects, the brainchild of designer Daniela Jacobs. A Parsons graduate who splits her time between New York and Mallorca, Jacobs says her work celebrates mindfulness and encourages a greater appreciation for “the beauty in small, transient moments.” From her simple yet bold jewelry to her disc-shaped home objects, the porcelain and metal pieces that Jacobs creates are intentionally seasonless.

Her off-kilter designs allow for a greater appreciation of details that might otherwise be overlooked. As she explains, “My designs encourage the reconsideration of the objects we use and wear—for example, a plate of unusual shape further highlights what’s on it.” And now that Jacobs has a new website, it seems like the perfect time to fully immerse yourself in her carefully composed world.

Photo: Courtesy of ARC Objects / @arc_objects
Photo: Courtesy of ARC Objects / @arc_objects

As a kid, Jacobs took an early interest in making things from scratch, crafting miniature paper houses, clothes, and accessories for her dolls. “I found both making things and then using them endlessly entertaining and inspiring. One idea would give way to another, and now, in life-size versions, it’s still that way for me.”

Jacobs’s experimental style was encouraged from an early age by an exceptional teacher, Lisa Mayock, the designer of Monogram and Vena Cava. Before Jacobs studied at Parsons, she took a pre-college fashion class with Mayock, and the two ended up staying in touch. “Over the years she’s become a great friend and mentor. She’s shown me through example how to embody one’s personal style ‘language,’ to think about style from many angles.”

Photo: Courtesy of Daniela Jacobs
Photo: Courtesy of Daniela Jacobs

Mayock has also encouraged Jacobs to embrace the more eccentric parts of her personality. These include her perennially purple lip color: “I’ve come to mix three different lipsticks to arrive at the particular shade of wine that I like.” And then there’s her penchant for shapes that are just the slightest bit wonky (one of her recent releases, the Full Circle Plate Set, at first appears to be perfectly round, but due to the fact that each piece is handmade and no two plates are exactly alike, one can sometimes notice the slightest asymmetrical bent).

It’s precisely Jacobs’s ability to experiment with shapes, colors, and textures that make both her Instagram feed and her products so captivating, despite their apparent simplicity. “There is so much boldness in simplicity—in literal and figurative senses—so much strength in the delicate,” she says.

From Vogue

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